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O'Day 302 rear cabin, without cushions

We are trying to determine whether we can reconfigure the rear cabin on the O'Day 302 from a double-berth cabin into a combined storage room-cat bedroom.

I have searched for photos of the rear cabin with the cushions removed without success.

Could you, if you are the owner of an O'Day 302 describe the cushion-less rear cabin and comment on how difficult it might be to remove whatever is in place to support the cushions.

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Re: O'Day 302 rear cabin, without cushions

Looking at the pictures here:

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It appears to me that the support for the cushions may be structural, not just ornamental.
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Re: O'Day 302 rear cabin, without cushions

You're certainly talking about molded liners, which, at that vintage, I'd expect to be at least somewhat structural - and difficult to remove and refinish cleanly.

Good way to devalue the boat too, for the 'next guy'....
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Re: O'Day 302 rear cabin, without cushions

Ew! your going to lock cats in there???
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Re: O'Day 302 rear cabin, without cushions

What kind of cat do you need that big of.a "bedroom" for? Have you read "Life of PI?" I looked at one and the and it is a bit tight for 2 humans but should work well for storage. I would not do more than store the cushions off the boat to maintain resale value.

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Re: O'Day 302 rear cabin, without cushions

V-berth may be better for storage as you have stand-up access. I can't speak for cats.
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Re: O'Day 302 rear cabin, without cushions

Thanks, jimgo for your helpful response. I did see that photograph before I posted my query but I've also seen some photos of a rear cabin that appeared to have a wood base under the cushions. The white certainly suggests a molded interior for the rear cabin --- which presents its own problems!

The cat comments, while amusing, are entirely irrelevant to my question. When I want to discuss cats on board, I will revisit the excellent series of posts on this site.
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Re: O'Day 302 rear cabin, without cushions

By the way I believe that the one I looked at had a fiberglass structure and that was most certainly a structural member. There was thin plywood panels under the cushions and they lifted up and there was 2 separate compartments under them (divided for and aft) and one compartment had batteries, access to the steering quadrant, diesel tank and other things under the cockpit sole. I think I remember that the thru hull shutoffs for the engine cooling was in there as well, so you would need to keep it very assessable. The other compartment was open storage. If I were to get the boat I would use the aft cabin as a cabin because the V-birth is quite short and tight, and has no real privacy. It looks great for kids, but not really for adults. Also the aft cabin gives the option of just making the bed and closing the door, the V-birth is kind of always on display with those plexi panels and I would feel like I needed to remove all the linens and store them, otherwise if I had someone on board it would feel like they were visiting me in my bedroom. I looked at the boat as a liveaboard for one person. The price on the one I looked at has dropped enough for me to look again.

It was the favorite 30 footer I looked at, very nice. I will say the one I looked at was extremely clean, looked brand new inside and out. It is one of the few boats that size with a useable aft cabin, seems a shame to just use it for storage. And don't discount the resale value, as customizations rarely make a boat more desirable, and this sound very much so. You do not say what your use of the boat is, but I assume liveabord if you are looking for some place for the cats to live.

As for the comments about the cats, lighten up dude this is a sight about enjoying sailing and life.
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Re: O'Day 302 rear cabin, without cushions

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By the way I believe that the one I looked at had a fiberglass structure and that was most certainly a structural member. There was thin plywood panels under the cushions and they lifted up and there was 2 separate compartments under them (divided for and aft) and one compartment had batteries, access to the steering quadrant, diesel tank and other things under the cockpit sole. I think I remember that the thru hull shutoffs for the engine cooling was in there as well, so you would need to keep it very assessable. The other compartment was open storage. If I were to get the boat I would use the aft cabin as a cabin because the V-birth is quite short and tight, and has no real privacy. It looks great for kids, but not really for adults. Also the aft cabin gives the option of just making the bed and closing the door, the V-birth is kind of always on display with those plexi panels and I would feel like I needed to remove all the linens and store them, otherwise if I had someone on board it would feel like they were visiting me in my bedroom. I looked at the boat as a liveaboard for one person. The price on the one I looked at has dropped enough for me to look again.

It was the favorite 30 footer I looked at, very nice. I will say the one I looked at was extremely clean, looked brand new inside and out. It is one of the few boats that size with a useable aft cabin, seems a shame to just use it for storage. And don't discount the resale value, as customizations rarely make a boat more desirable, and this sound very much so. You do not say what your use of the boat is, but I assume liveabord if you are looking for some place for the cats to live.

As for the comments about the cats, lighten up dude this is a sight about enjoying sailing and life.
Who mentioned cats in the first place?
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Re: O'Day 302 rear cabin, without cushions

You will not be able to "reconfigure" other than by removing the cushions. Anything you put back there will need to be able to be moved as thats where access to 3 thru-hulls, shaft, batterybank and other fun things are.
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